Rumor Alert: Rick Pitino interested in Nets job?

  • 02/11/2010 4:12 pm in

By now, you’ve likely read the New York Daily News report published this morning linking Louisville coach Rick Pitino to the New Jersey Nets coaching job. If you haven’t, here are the pertinent details:

Sources close to Pitino said that the Louisville coach has reached out to Nets brass in recent days, making himself a candidate for the job now held by GM and interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe, and due to open after their woeful season is completed in April.

According to sources, Pitino had intermediaries recently contact Nets president Rod Thorn on his behalf. Thorn himself is in the final year of a contract, and is looking to get a new deal from incoming owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

Pitino, unsurprisingly, has denied any interest in the job to’s Pat Forde:

“There’s not an ounce of truth to it. I have no interest, period. I’m done with coaching professional basketball. I’ve put the professional ranks behind me.”

So, why, you ask, is this pertinent information for this here blog? Two words: Marquis Teague.

Louisville has long been recognized as the leader to land Teague. This rumor, regardless of its validity, only aids Tom Crean and other schools in the pursuit of Teague, no? The wildcard in all of this is Kentucky, where Teague will visit Saturday for a game against Tennessee. Also still reportedly in the mix: Cincinnati, Purdue, Ohio State and Wake Forest.

Filed to:

  • Jason

    I do not understand why people still don't want one and done players. This is probably the single most thing recruits look at, which is why Calipari has put together such good teams. Recruits care about getting to the NBA way more than they do about winning in college. In order to consistently land great players, we have to get more players in the NBA and show you can go one and done here. Teague would be perfect for this, even though it is not guaranteed that he will stay only one year. Either way, he would help us out tremendously for a year, and then would help us out for years to come in recruiting (especially in Indiana).

  • BobbyBeingManny


    All recruiting rankings aside, what type of impact would it actually bring about if we landed Teague? Is he a one and done type player? The only reason I ask is because Coach Cal and his merry band of slimy agents, runners, AAU coaches, etc are going to help a guy out like MT a lot more than Tom Crean ever would…does his potential NBA status hurt IU's chances of landing him?

  • Uncle Joey

    I still think we have zero chance at landing this kid. #2 player overall in the 2011 class. He's definitely looking for an established school where he can make an immediate splash and then bail out to the NBA. IU simply isn't there yet, and may not be there for quite some time.

    I agree with the person above me. If he's not Louisville's player to lose, then I'd say Kentucky is definitely a close 2nd.

  • Kelin Blab

    not to answer for Alex, but teague impact could be two fold….

    1. It opens the door for those 'other' big time recruits to look to 'go' to IU and not just consider them. Teague brings that trust and credibility that Crean can land and wants those 5star kids. It also says IU is on it's way.

    2. Teague is one and done, if it was IU v L'Ville I think this latest news helps IU tremendously but I think Cal may have moved in. It is not a lack of effort from Crean but again it is back to what a coach and program can offer RIGHT NOW.

    3. Teague to IU….40/60…what we have in our favor, is we are close to home, hometown kid, and by 2011 Teague could be coming into a program headed towards the NCAA…

    Just a thought…
    G- Teague….FR
    G- VJ3………SR
    G- Mo Creek..JR
    F- Christian Wateford..JR
    F/C Pritchard..SR

    THis team with another decent post player could strongly compete for a NCAA tourney spot…especially with Teague.

  • Not sure what long-term impact it would have, but Teague could be a lottery pick type talent. Having a player of his caliber on that 2011-2012 team could be the difference between just making the tournament and having a shot at the Sweet 16 and beyond.

    While it's not a necessity that Crean keeps every great player from the state, it will certainly go a long way in building the program if IU can start landing the top Indianapolis talent year-in and year-out.

  • IUDan

    Teague also reminds me a bit of Eric Gordon – a tremendously talented player, who by all accounts is also a godo kid. He fits the “Indiana Brand” . . . I think it'd be great to land him, for all the reasons above.

  • IUonetwo

    Eric Gordon is a great talent, but what did he do for IU?
    If you ask me, nothing. (He got us to a first round loss to Arkansas.)

    This is what concerns me about one-and-done players at a program like IU.

  • IUDan

    Understand your point, but EJ wasn't what destroyed that team. That was a legit deep tournament team until the implosion brought on by the coach-who-shall-not-be-named.

    However, I would argue that having a budding NBA star with “Indiana” as his school matters . . . it does.

    And I'll take an Eric Gordon on my team any day. I think Kyrie Irving was another in that mold – not all one-and-dones are jerks.

  • marsh21

    I would love to have him. These 5 star players think the top programs are the only places to go but the NBA is filled with players from programs all over the map. IU gets as much exposure as any program and their on the rise. He could come in and be a freakin star from day one and be in the NBA the next year without Cal's slimy agents.

  • marsh21

    Are you serious? Gordon was hurt at the end of the year plus all the drama with Sampson

    I would take him a thousand times and so would the rest of the programs

  • Taskmaster75

    Would you pick Teague over Selby Alex? Not just basketball skillwise, but personality, intelligence, etc?

  • Taskmaster75

    No, Kelvin Sampson, gave us a first round loss to Arkansas (I was really looking forward to that UNC match after that game too, we matched up well :P)

    To think, what if the Kelvin mess would have occurred after the NCAA tourney?

  • Haven't been around Selby, so don't really have an opinion there.

  • IUonetwo

    I wasn't trying to imply that EJ was the problem. I'm just not sure one-and-dones are worth the risk unless they can make a huge impact (Big Ten Championship, Final Four). Look at Demetri McCamey at Illinois. It would be tough to argue that Gordon made a bigger impact at IU than McCamey has over there. That's why I lean toward the “4-star” player.

  • IUonetwo

    Does it concern anyone else that we could lose all 5 starters from Kelin's potential starting lineup? Unless that looks like a Final 4 caliber team, that's kind of scary for me.

  • cooper

    It's The slowest time in sports so of course crazy rumors are going to pop up but even if it's true why would any pro team hire him? He is a horrible pro coach and players will have zero respect for him.
    Depending on how big Teague's ego is, the best thing IU has going for it is he could be the guy from day 1. The other schools all offer a much better shot at winning and Cal has proven he gets guards drafted high

  • cooper

    Very few teams have won a championship without atleast one kid who had the talent to leave after 1 or 2 years

    If a coach can't get players to the NBA he isn't going to win a championship

  • marcusgresham

    I'd hope he goes to IU, but I'd rather he play at the University of Hell than Kentucky

  • I'd be SHOCKED if Teague came to IU. I believe he'll end up at UK. Like it or not, Calipari has a reputation of producing high lottery point guards:

    Derrick Rose
    Tyreke Evans
    John Wall (and possibly Eric Bledsoe)
    Brandon Knight (I bet he goes to UK, stays 1 year and gets drafted top 5)
    Marcus Teague (he'll takeover for Knight)

    Face it…UK is going to get the top 1 or 2 PG's every single year. Just look at the list.

  • plane1972

    One and dones are almost more important for what they do after leaving the program. Having an NBA prodigy strategically recruiting for your program, donating money back into the program, participating in your on-campus camps, etc. is huge. I understand the points on how they can disrupt the progression of other players, but I think the benefits far outweigh the costs.

  • BobbyBeingManny


    Ask USC how that's working out for them…

    Granted, they're an exception and there's plenty of other good examples (Cuse, UK, Texas) but it's not always a slam dunk.

  • jacobdetroy

    I disagree that UK will inevitably land the top PG's every single year because of John Calipari. The list that Cal has compiled is certainly impressive and he most definitely is on a streak that will continue with Knight or Selby but, who was Calipari's top one and done PG before Rose? Cal is on a streak. Period. I wouldn't assume that every top PG recruit is beyond Crean's reach on the assumption that recruiting the top or second rated PG is an already decided issue.

    In order for Crean to fully implement his offensive plan at IU he will need a highly effective PG. He is going to get one – and when he does, hopefully he can begin his own streak of impressive names. On a related note, if/when this happens it would be really nice if those players would stay beyond one year. Just saying.


    With you 1,000 %. I would rather see any really good recruit play for the University of Hell than those toothless inbreds down south. Hell I would rather see them play for the Russians before them.

    In case anyone can't tell, to say the least, I very much dislike “them” not so sure denim shirt was not planted on us by them. He probably secretly owns a house in Lexingotn


    He won't be getting all the top point gaurds when he is finally nailed and is on the Bucks bench sitting beside another one of his kind wearing a denim shirt and crying that he didn't do anything wrong.

    “Kelvin why does everyone hate us ?”
    “I don't know Crimianlipari….we are so misunderstood and innocent”